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Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability (MSc)

Course Description

This course aims to achieve a robust understanding of the applications of renewable energy and sustainable technology, combined with a strong awareness of the impact on the environment of using non-sustainable technologies.

You will engage with issues and debates concerning the role of energy, including examining the technical and policy questions arising from global demands for secure, affordable and sustainable energy. You will also develop analytical skills for the assessment, selection and deployment of renewable energy technologies.

The distinctive focus is on renewable energy and sustainable technologies, as well as carbon management and energy use in the built environment.

If you are accepted on to this course, you can apply for a Climate-KIC masters programme, as we are a partner university.

Modules include:

• Energy in Buildings
• Renewable Energy in Power Systems
• Energy, Carbon and the Environment
• Carbon Management and Analysis
• Sustainable Heat and Power.

What career can you have?

Graduates will typically be employed by the energy industry, consultancies, local government and various private sector companies.

Architecture, Building and Construction Management

Join us in our programme of discovery and creative thinking, designed to question and challenge conventional wisdom about the built environment.

Our aim is the co-creation of new knowledge and understanding about complex and challenging problems.

The School of Construction Management and Engineering is one of the world’s leading university departments dealing with the built environment. The School is truly multidisciplinary in nature and our staff have extensive experience as advisers, consultants and visiting lecturers to commercial organisations, governments and universities globally. We also attract students from all over the world.

Our MSc courses are focused on ensuring an excellent student experience, dealing with new ideas, tools and techniques, and exposure to the latest research. We supplement this excellent teaching with twenty-first century technologies.

Excellent facilities include a dedicated computer lounge for use by our students, equipped with the latest digital technology and software, including building information modelling (BIM), 3D laser scanning, building energy simulations and urban microclimate simulations. The School also possesses laboratory space and experimental equipment to support student research projects.

Visit the Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Student Profiles

NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Studentships - 4 Awards

These studentships are intended primarily to support applicants with an interest in the environmental aspects of renewable energy, and who intend to develop their career in environmental areas.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability has four NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Studentships for UK students each year.

Application Procedure

For further details contact: Renewable Energy Course Administrator at [email protected]

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply. Suitable for graduates with degrees such as environmental science, mathematics, engineering, physics, construction, geography, agriculture, chemistry, geology, economics, planning and management, business studies, computer science. However, the subject area is interdisciplinary, and motivated applicants with other degree backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are candidates with professional experience and related qualifications.

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